Civil Beat Staff

Lauren Teruya

Lauren Teruya was a reporting fellow for Honolulu Civil Beat. She is one of  53 Poynter-Koch Fellows across the country.

Prior to joining the newsroom in July 2021, Lauren wrote and produced stories for the Hawaii News Now noon show, “This is Now.”

Lauren grew up in Honolulu, attending Iolani School for 13 years. She graduated with honors in 2021 from the University of Southern California with her bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre and master’s degree in specialized journalism.

During her final year in college, she interned with the legal team at BuzzFeed News, investigating the damage and theft that occurred during the insurrection at the Capitol. Other publications she’s written for include L.A. Taco, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Dishing Magazine.

When she’s not working, Lauren is most likely exploring the outdoors or rehearsing for a show at Diamond Head Theatre.

Native Hawaiian Entrepreneurs Get A Boost From E-Commerce Giant Shopify Lauren Teruya/Civil Beat/2022

Native Hawaiian Entrepreneurs Get A Boost From E-Commerce Giant Shopify

The Hawaii Rising program taps into a growing trend of small businesses seeking ways to thrive online and reach buyers across the globe amid the pandemic.

Pre-Fab Construction Could Be One Solution To Hawaii’s High Cost Of Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Pre-Fab Construction Could Be One Solution To Hawaii’s High Cost Of Housing

The entire structure of a home can go up in days using structural insulated panels, so why are we hardly using it?

What Would You Do With $100? Locals Weigh In On Proposed Tax Refunds John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

What Would You Do With $100? Locals Weigh In On Proposed Tax Refunds

Gov. David Ige wants to take advantage of a budget surplus to give $100 each to Hawaii taxpayers and their dependents.

Hawaii To Tourists: Malama Our Land And Culture. Tourists: What’s ‘Malama’? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii To Tourists: Malama Our Land And Culture. Tourists: What’s ‘Malama’?

Eight months after the Hawaii Tourism Authority shifted the focus of its branding effort, our unscientific survey found most tourists are still unfamiliar with its message.

Hawaii Homeowners To Get $50 Million In Federal Relief Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Homeowners To Get $50 Million In Federal Relief Funds

The money can go toward mortgage coverage, property taxes, utility payments, homeowners association fees and other expenses.

This Hawaii Real Estate Developer Calls Himself A ‘Social Worker At Heart’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

This Hawaii Real Estate Developer Calls Himself A ‘Social Worker At Heart’

Peter Savio has had a long career advocating for locally owned affordable housing.

Menstrual Equity Measure Expected To Be On Legislative Agenda This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Menstrual Equity Measure Expected To Be On Legislative Agenda This Year

Advocates say providing free menstrual products in public schools is a health issue that needs to be addressed.

A Boom In Illicit Fireworks Is Rattling Honolulu Pets And Annoying Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

A Boom In Illicit Fireworks Is Rattling Honolulu Pets And Annoying Residents

Honolulu banned fireworks except firecrackers on all but a few days a year in 2011, but it’s become “one of those laws no one enforces.”